Rubio’s first GOP bilingual State of the Union response gives Spanish-language media equal footing
When Marco Rubio strides to the podium on February 12 to give the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, he will be the first Latino to do so for the Republican party and the first Republican to give a bilingual speech. In the past, a Spanish-speaking language member is chosen to give the response for Spanish-language media.
Spanish-language media will receive an embargoed copy of the speech and be able to air it at the same time the English-language networks air Rubio’s response.
The gestures are seen by many as overt outreach to the Hispanic community, which was largely turned off by the Republican party in the 2012 election, and overwhelmingly supported Obama.